Modern taqueria offering creative takes of Latino and Tex-Mex street food

Taqueria 27-

Lehi, UT – $ to $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Brandon O. - Pro Sifter & PhotographerPublished Dec 17, 2019

Overall 4.0 / 5.0

4

Food

3.6

Service

4.5

Ambience

4

Value

Overview

Todd Gardiner opened his first Taqueria 27 back in 2012 off of Foothill drive. Since then, he’s expanded to five locations, with the fifth branch in Lehi, Utah. If you like upscale gourmet Mexican inspired tacos, then you’ll love it! This contemporary taqueria offers creative takes of Latin American street food, like duck confit tacos and a menu dedicated to inventive guacamoles with mix-ins. You’ll also find enchiladas, nachos, and a wide range of tequilas. They also offer a wide range of gluten-friendly options.

Value

The portions are adequate, and the menu is priced competitively for the area. Taqueria 27’s tacos are slightly larger than your typical street taco and come packed with meat and toppings. The tacos run from $2.50 to $3.50 per taco and are sold in pairs or fours. The guacamole runs around $8 to $10 and comes out family size. Other entrees on the menu run between $8 to $12.

Most popular dishes

The Duck Confit Tacos, Chile-citrus Carnitas, Angus Carne Asada Tacos, Street Corn Guacamole, and T27 Donuts.

What I ordered

Fresh Fish of the Day Taco, Angus Carne Asada Taco, Street Corn Guacamole, Guacamole of the Day, Duck Confit Tacos, Achiote Chicken Tacos, Achiote Chicken Salad, Nachos, and T27 Donuts.

Food quality

Taqueria 27 sources quality ingredients and creates most of their food in-house, including their tortillas. For most of the tacos we tried, the greatest focus was put on the toppings, sauces, and presentation instead of the protein being the centerpiece. Only the Angus Carne Asada wowed us when it came to the meat. Everything else was good or okay. Let’s get into each dish we sampled:

Fish of the Day Tacos
Great ingredients but poor execution. The swordfish itself tasted very fresh and was flown in from Hawaii. The fillet was tender, but the batter was overcooked, underseasoned, and very bland. The sauce was very acidic, with lime juice being the prominent flavor. I requested some salsa and cilantro-ranch from the waiter, and it paired well but was tasteless otherwise.

Angus Carne Asada
This was my favorite of the bunch! The beef was very tender, juicy, had a strong smokey flavor, and was seasoned perfectly. It was topped with a chili verde cactus salsa, pico de gallo recipe, and diced radishes. It was acidic, sweet, and savory, contrasting textures and flavors. The homemade corn tortillas added a nice touch. I keep coming back to get this taco!

Duck Confit
This is the most unique taco offered at Taqueria 27. The duck confit tacos come with shredded meat. It’s topped with fire-roasted vegetables, leeks, and chipotle Anejo tequila sauce. The veggies were a bit soggy. Some pieces of the duck were crispy and dry while others were moist. The sauce was savory with a light hint of alcohol. Overall this had a great flavor profile. With a few improvements in the preparation, this could be a real winner!

Achiote Chicken
The chicken breast is prepared with a bright orange-red spice called achiote. It smells of pepper and has a subtle nutty, sweet, and earthy flavor. Taqueria 27 combines this with other ingredients to create a savory, chili, garlic chicken. It was moist, and we enjoyed the all-white-meat in both tacos and a salad.

Within the tacos, it was diced into cubes and garnished with pico de gallo, queso fresco, a creamy cilantro lime dressing, fresh avocado, and homemade corn tortillas. Combined, it created a delicious, high-quality chicken taco.

For the salad, it features the same ingredients, except for tortillas, and added eggs, pickled red onions, and spinach as the salad base. Due to the contrast of flavors, the bitterness from the spinach was hardly noticeable. The spices from the chicken and cilantro flavor from the cream dressing were the most pronounced flavors.

Street Corn Guacamole
The avocado was chunky and had a strong garlic flavor. The chared roasted corn added nice texture and some smokiness to the dish. It wasn’t overly acidic and was seasoned well.

Citrus Guacamole
It was hard to pallet this appetizer, and we chose not to finish it. The guacamole was overly acidic. I profoundly disliked the hard, unripe grapefruit chunks mixed in.

27 Donut:
This is essentially a churro. Four come on a plate. They’re served fresh with warm melted chocolate, fresh whipping cream, and mint. It’s hard to believe it’s gluten-free. The crust is perfectly cooked on the outside, with a nice crunch. It’s moist, soft, and evenly cooked on the inside. However, it is denser and slightly gummier than traditional churro. I honestly like it better than most conventional flour churros.

Dietary Needs

Taqueria 27 is pretty accommodating when it comes to diets or allergies. They have several gluten-free entrees and even gluten-free dessert like their 27 Donut (churro)! They also offer vegetarian and vegan options. If you struggle with dairy, many of their sauces are cream-based, but you can ask for substitutes. If you’re counting your carbs, they’ll even substitute the tortillas for lettuce wraps. With any dietary needs, be sure to ask the restaurant before consuming their food so they can best serve you.

Ambiance

The space is contemporary, hip, clean, and feels very comfortable. It has a very casual vibe. This is the kind of place you want to come for lunch or dinner to catch up with a friend, attend for a business meal, or go out to for a date after an enjoyable activity or to just wind down. You’ll find light music playing in the background and a light crowd of people that all seem happy to be there. I’ve gone on multiple occasions during lunch, dinner, the weekends, and the mood was always the same.

Service

The service is hit or miss. I’ve had times when our waters and drinks were refilled regularly, the food was delivered promptly, and where the server was attentive a friendly despite being slammed with tables. I’ve been at other times when there were several servers just standing around, ignoring my needs. They could do a better job of cleaning off the tables too when you’re done eating, but the food, in general, makes up for where they lack in service on occasion.

What I liked most

The variety of tacos, the guacamole, the churros, and the price.

What I disliked most

We want the ability to order two different types of tacos if we’re being forced to order two or the option of ordering singles. They all taste so good, and it’s hard to pick just one! They also need to do a better job of educating their servers or hiring better wait staff.

The verdict

They don’t serve the absolute best tacos I’ve ever had. Still, they’re pretty good, and I love the atmosphere and convenience of their locations. I’ll definitely continue going back for their food!

Food prepared in this establishment may contain wheat, shellfish, dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts. Please ask the establishment prior to consuming any food.

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